Spring Is FINALLY In The Air!

At long last Spring has crawled sleepily from hibernation, donned her sunniest frock, smiled with warmth and shone radiantly upon us! Hopefully, she’ll get braver over the next couple of weeks and bless us with more beautifully warm days. πŸ™‚

It’s been so nice outside this past week, that I’ve not been able to force myself to spend much time fiddling on the computer, so once again I am behind on posting my sketches πŸ™ I have a feeling it will only get worse as the weather gets warmer. Ah well.

Finally warm enough to eat out on our balcony again!

Finally warm enough to eat out on our balcony again! YAY!

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Just before the weather suddenly changed for the better, I was starting to feel that winter might never loosen her grip, and this little watercolour was an attempt to capture something positive about the lingering cold.

DSC 102 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

DSC 102 – from imagination – watercolour in 5.5β€³ x 8β€³ Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor Visual Journal.

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I’ve been enjoying spending more time with my pencils for much of the past little while and have been practicing faces. I am so very fortunate to have so many photos of my family, and especially of my daughter, to use as references. For sketching, I use these photos for very basic poses and ideas, but almost always use my imagination to change the features — unless I am trying to actually get a likeness, which I don’t usually bother with for sketches.

This was from a photo snapped on my phone of my 4 year old granddaughter with her mouth WIDE open to show me she had nothing in it! LOL I couldn’t resist demonizing her just a bit! πŸ˜›

DSC 99 – from my own ref – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 103 – from my own ref and imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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From a photo of my beautiful daughter. I turned her into a dryad.

DSC 99 – from my own ref – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 104 – from my own ref and imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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More faces . . .

DSC 99 – from my own ref – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 105 – from my own ref and imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 99 – from my own ref – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 106 – from my own ref and imagination – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

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This is watercolour with ink done on a little square of canvas board! I first “painted” the canvas with white Daniel Smith watercolour ground. The WC ground makes any surface accept watercolour! It’s very cool!Β  I am currently awaiting some transparent ground, which is on back order at my art supply store. I really want to try watercolour on a beautifully grained unstained/unpainted wood panel.

DSC 99 – from my own ref – graphite in 5β€³ x 8β€³ Moleskine sketchbook.

DSC 107 – copy of an old ink drawing of mine – watercolour and micron pen on white Daniel Smith watercolor ground on a 4β€³ x 4β€³ canvas board.

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Another tiny watercolour, this one without any ink.

DSC 97 – from imagination – watercolour on 5β€³ x 5β€³ scrap 300 lb cold press wc paper.

DSC 108 – from imagination – watercolour on white Daniel Smith watercolor ground on a 4β€³ x 4β€³ canvas board.

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And finally I decided to work on a drawing that I had barely started some time back. Many, many years ago, hubby managed to capture (on a film camera, not digital) this wonderful underwater shot (through a clear-sided pool) of a polar bear diving into the water at the Toronto zoo. I’ve wanted to draw it for years, but that white fur has been intimidating me and every time I start to work on it I chicken out and put it away again. Maybe this time, I will complete it. πŸ™‚

DSC 97 – from imagination – watercolour on 5β€³ x 5β€³ scrap 300 lb cold press wc paper.

From my own/hubby’s ref – graphite on 5β€³ x 7β€³ Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper.

Will try to have my sketches from the last week up in the next few days. πŸ™‚

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